Not sue what the speed of this fast moving water
drone is, but it looks very fast. The faster the less maneuverability at high speed. And less time to make a decision before impact.
Many of us are sailors making 4 to 9 kts on a good day. Might be low visibility, or you just don't get a tally on the fast mover until you look around and say.....
" What is that ? " And a bright red torpedo comes crashing into your vessel with a powerful impact, the family
, you and the family
What does google
do...." Oh well, nothing is perfect, back to the drawing board."
We are used to crossing the coast wise ( traffic) shipping lanes in the San Pedro Channel, on Catalina
passages, and I automatically construe that no one is STANDING WATCH and those large commercial
vessels....ON WATCH, and STANDING WATCH are two different things.
We are standing and on watch, 100% of the time, and no radar
, we have what are called eyes, and can figure a collision
bearing, and plan on taking the VLCC on his stern.
Erica and I swap out helm
watches every hour, the crew person, sits on the cockpit
seat, back up against the coach roof bulk head
watching aft. Also, looking under the foot of the jib
for any possible traffic every once in a while.
No auto pilot, the helms person is alert to navigation
, point of sail, sail trim, and traffic ( 360 degrees). What a concept
We also plot out our position on the paper chart every hour or course change, and know when we will enter the shipping lanes , cross the separation zone, and clear the shipping lanes. However we still keep watch for the entire passage
And we understand the advance as well as the tonnage of those VLCC's , making 20 kts or so , and they are not going to be able to stop or avoid a near extremis situation with a small sailing vessel.
This drone looks like it is going to be traveling very fast, and will have a high closure rate speed coming in from any bearing. Trying to out maneuver it, by changing tack, changing course, etc, especially when no human is on board that drone and you do not know or trust what its intentions are.
I would think if the drone was operating in a particular area that the location, dates, and times, maneuvering , mission, would be posted in Notice to Mariners. The Coasties could also put out an alert on VHF
16, and switching to 22A for detailed warnings.
We need to keep all of us human mariners safe while at sea. Not sure how that idea is going to work with fast moving, un manned, and unpredictable water
craft sharing the same space on the ocean.
Radar does not always pick up targets of sailing vessels, maybe the motor
vessels with a huge panel of eletronic wonder devices would help, but it may be that we all need more information and study as to any dangers that these drones may produce.
Wonder if this super automated sea spear will be as effective with all of its high tec sensors as that Tesla test driver had when we was watching a movie
while roaring down the roadway......he and the car ended before the movie